LAWRENCEVILLE -- Commissioners will take another month to mull changes to a county ethics ordinance, proposed a year after a special grand jury investigation lead to the resignation of the chairman and indictment of a commissioner.
No one voiced reservations about the proposed law, which would require disclosures of financial ties and gifts to commissioners and set up a new ethics panel. But Chairwoman Charlotte Nash said some board members wanted more time to look over the wording and talk to the county attorney.
"We worry about what we didn't think about," Commissioner Mike Beaudreau said, adding that he wanted to avoid unintended consequences. He added, "there are some clear lines of communication between citizens and the board. To me, that's one of the most important things."
Commissioners Shirley Lasseter and Lynette Howard, wearing coordinating witch hats in honor of the upcoming Halloween holiday, said they were both ready to vote in favor of the ordinance.
"It's on the up and up. It's transparent," Lasseter said, adding that she understood people wanting to take more time to study the proposal. "You have to be very careful with how they are written, so it can be something you can live by."
Commissioners tabled the decision to a Nov. 15 meeting.
Also Tuesday, county leaders gave the go-ahead for the construction of 500,000-square-foot building to house an expansion to Mitsubishi Electric and Electronics.
At the behest of neighbors to the Satellite Boulevard location, commissioners agreed to architectural enhancements recommended earlier this month by the Gwinnett Planning Commission.
The project is expected to allow the company to bring 200 new jobs to the area in the next 10 years.